Superzoom compacts with 20X or higher optical zoom

Challenge #37 in the Miscelaneous ideas... series. Hosted by barb_s.
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Showcase the long reach on a compact superzoom camera with optical zoom able to reach 20X or more. My sample image captured a tiny ant on a flower ~15 feet away, at 150 mm focal distance. I'm interested in what you can capture at a high focal distance like that.
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COOLPIX S9100 . Its high quality 18x wide-angle optical Zoom-NIKKOR ED glass lens offers impressive telephoto coverage (25-450mm). The insert at the top of the photo is my view without the zoom lens. this is 18x zoom, but has a range of 25-450mm. I hope this is acceptable for this challenge.
Submitted: Wednesday, 22nd August, 2012 20:55 (GMT)
Taken: Monday, 16th July, 2012
Focal length: 324 mm
Shutter speed: 1/50 sec
Aperture: F5.9
ISO: 800
Notes: This PS tends to shoot at a lower shutter speed with the zoom at max. got a lot of blurry images until I lowered the exposure bias.
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